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A management plan of 12 steps that could be used in inpmementing enterprise architecture for any type or size of company.

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  1. 1. Enterprise Architecture Management PlanBy John Kyriazoglou* (author’s credentials at the end of this document)An enterprise architecture (EA) is a conceptual approach that assists organizations with theunderstanding of their own structure and the way they work. It provides a map of the enterpriseand is a route planner for business and technology change. Normally an enterprise architecturetakes the form of a comprehensive set of cohesive models that describe the structure and thefunctions of your company.When you implement enterprise architecture for your company on the basis of a disciplinedapproach suited to your specific needs and requirements (e.g., analysis of requirements, design ofEA components, development of EA constituent software parts, linking IT systems to businessfunctions, etc.), you are bound to have several benefits, such as:1. Better alignment of your business strategy with IT systems2. Better control of business data and faster flow of information3. A more efficient IT operation fully supporting your business4. Better return on existing IT investments and systems development projects5. Reduced business risk associated with IT operations6. Increased business effectiveness and efficiency7. Reduced operational risks in all business functions.This can only be achieved in an organized, systematic, effective and efficient manner by aenterprise architecture (EA) management plan. This is presented next.Step 1. EA Preliminary Study: Carry out a requirements analysis and prepare a feasibilitystudy that includes a list of EA demands and expectations, focusing on critical areas of businessprocesses, information and data, and technology.Step 2. EA Organization: Form an Enterprise Architecture (EA) Team by selecting an EAcoordinator and the other required EA and support staff, and appointing them on a formal basis,and with a charter and specific time-table, budget and responsibilities.Step 3. EA Users: Identify senior business and IT (technical) executives to gather knowledgeabout the strategic and operational needs and requirements of the organization.Step 4. EA Communication: Devise and execute communication plan with relevant methods,tools and services.Step 5. EA Demands Documentation: Review and document EA demands and expectations,focusing on critical areas of business processes, information and data, and technology.
  2. 2. John Kyriazoglou: author’s credentialsJohn Kyriazoglou (jkyriazoglou@hotmail.com)John Kyriazoglou, CICA, B.A (Hon-University of Toronto),International IT and Management Consultant (with over 35 years of experience),Editor-in-Chief for the Internal Controls Magazine, www.theiic.orgAuthor of several books:(1) ‘IT Strategic and Operational Controls’, Publisher: www.itgovernance.co.ukDirect Link: http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/3066(2) ‘Addendum to IT Strategic & Operational Controls’Direct Link: www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/3143(3) ‘Corporate Strategic and Operational Controls’, Publisher: www.theiic.orgwith Dr. F. Nasuti and Dr. C. Kyriazoglou.Direct Link: http://www.theiic.org/publicationsbookstore/bookstore2.html(4) ‘Implementing Management Controls for Small and Medium-Size Companies’AMAZON Kindle Books:www.amazon.comDirect Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007Z1WTOM(5) ‘Pearls of Wisdom of the 7 Sages of Ancient Greece’AMAZON Kindle Books:www.amazon.comDirect Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007YNPR8QProfile (1): http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-kyriazoglou/0/9b/919Profile (2) http://www.managementexchange.com/users/nwstdt9cyqBlog: http://businessmanagementcontrols.blogspot.com/SSRN Free Publications: http://ssrn.com/author=1315434